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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively on welfare and family issues such as child support enforcement, abstinence and sex education, child welfare, sexually transmitted diseases, marriage, divorce, cohabiting and gay marriage.

She has won several newspaper awards, including 1977 Cub Reporter of the Year and 1983 Heart of New York award, both from the New York Press Club.

Articles by Cheryl Wetzstein

In this photo taken June 1, 2015, Marion Fire Department Capt. Wade Ralph shows a dose of naloxone, used by emergency crews to revive overdosing heroin users in Marion, Ohio. The life-saving drug was used repeatedly when a super-charged batch of heroin led to more than 30 overdoses in an 11-day period at the end of May in the small Ohio city. (AP Photo/Mitch Stacy)

Heroin usage rates jump in last decade: CDC

Heroin use in the United States is growing, with more than 500,000 people estimated to be addicted to the dangerous narcotic, the federal government said Tuesday. Published July 7, 2015

"Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth," Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement. (Associated Press)

Religious leaders reject gay marriage ruling as legal battles loom

In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right, the battleground is shifting to religious freedom and whether religious people and/or churches can be compelled to sanction behavior contrary to their religious beliefs. Published June 28, 2015

Spectators wave flags during the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade as it makes its way up New York's Fifth Avenue, Sunday,  June 14, 2015. Thousands of people turned out for the parade led by the island's governor. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Millennials eclipse baby boomers: Census

America's 75 million baby boomers are officially outnumbered by the far larger younger generation born between 1982 and 2000, the Census Bureau said Thursday. Published June 25, 2015

In a Tuesday July 2, 2013 photo, pro-abortion rights supporter Yatzel Sabat, left, and anti-abortion protester Amanda Reed demonstrate at the state Capitol in Austin, Texas. The Supreme Court is considering an emergency appeal from abortion providers in Texas, a judgment that will likely affect a case winding through the courts in Louisiana. (Associated Press via Jay Janner of Austin American-Statesman/File).

Louisiana abortion law challenged at federal level

A federal judge Monday heard testimony in a trial challenging Louisiana's abortion law, while pro-choice advocates continued their wait on the Supreme Court to weigh in on a related legal fight in Texas. Published June 22, 2015

The character John Goodman (left) played on the sitcom "Roseanne" was cited as a positive example of a television father figure amid a glut of working-class bungling TV dads. (Associated Press)

TV sitcoms' working-class fathers depicted as 'bumbling,' 'incapable,' study finds

An analysis of 13 fathers in 12 recent TV sitcoms and their 699 interactions with their minor children showed that working-class fathers continued to be depicted less positively than middle-class fathers, said study author Jessica Troilo, assistant professor of child development and family studies at West Virginia University. Published June 18, 2015